Welcome to the world of artist, interior designer, and photographer Katja Kemblowski.
While her heart might be in Greece, where the above pictures were taken, Katja currently resides in Sacramento, California. She studied interior design in college and now devotes her time to capturing life in its beautiful essence.
“Photography and travel are two of my favorite hobbies,” she says. “I love any opportunity to combine them! I balance between wanting to capture memories, seeing things through my lens that I wouldn’t otherwise, and learning to put the camera down and live the experience.”
A spectacular ballroom dancer, choreographer, and teacher herself, Katja is also an avid photographer of the sport. Her favorite photos are ones that capture the movement, grace, and passion that ballroom dancing embodies.
In the style of Julie & Julia, Katja is currently working on a 365 day photo project, where she has begun taking a photo a day for an entire year.
She says of her project:
“I started my 365 Project as a creative outlet and to push myself artistically. The rules I set are pretty loose: the photo can be of anything as long as it was taken that day. Although I think I will see running themes and intentional sets, I didn’t want to limit myself on subject matter. It will be posted on the same day, if possible, but I give myself permission to post in a batch if I go on vacation or don’t have web access.
The most effort I’ve put into a photo so far was to take the first Trivia Night pic with my old Razr phone…I texted it to a friend…who emailed it back to me…then I posted it from my iPod through a series of apps. Haha! I’ve learned since then! Now my Sony camera travels with me!”
Her advice for aspiring artists?
“I encourage everyone to start a daily project, even if it’s not for a full year. It really makes you develop your craft by making it a constant part of your life. If you need encouragement or feedback (or a daily reminder), get your friends or family involved or join an online community.”
Want to see more of her work? Check out her website here.
Are you doing any 365 projects of your own? Are you inspired to start one now?